Faiths Act Together

The Right Honourable Tony Blair and
Belinda joined forces to collaborate with
representatives of a broad cross-section
of the communities of faith and spiritual
belief in Canada in a new proposed
interfaith initiative.

On December 5, 2008, Belinda and Mr. Blair had the honour of meeting with some 30 representatives of faith and belief communities, including young people of faith, to share views as the first concrete steering committee that will explore the launch of a new interfaith forum dedicated to the advancement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Blair and Belinda also affirmed that they are supporting together the Faiths Act Fellowship (www.faithsactfellows.org) as the first concrete deliverable program of the proposed interfaith initiative.This program, developed in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core (www.ifyc.org) based in Chicago, is an opportunity for young leaders of faith to become ambassadors for inter-religious cooperation achieving the Millennium Development Goals and ending deaths due to malaria.

In April 2009, Mr. Blair and Belinda met for the second time with Canadian religious leaders to discuss the critical role faith communities can have—and young people in particular—in eradicating deaths due to malaria.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in collaboration with TBSF and The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) announced the names of the eight young people selected from Canada to take part in a youth leadership program established to bring people of different faiths together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, with a particular focus on ending deaths from malaria. Those eight young Canadians are Elyse Brazel and Sara Eftekhar-Zadeh who will be hosted in Ottawa by Micah Challenge Canada; Maya Smith and Nicholas Pang who will be hosted by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal; Danny Richmond and Hilary Keachie hosted by The Canadian Centre For Diversity in Toronto; and Erica Spracklin and Areeba Jawaid hosted in Toronto by the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice.

Working in inter-religious pairs, they will reach tens of thousands of people of faith through outreach activity, informing them in person and online about the devastating impact of malaria and the opportunities open to faith communities to work together to save millions of lives.